Sexual Assault Prompts Warning at Boise State
Boise State is sending the message, "if you see something, say something," to all of its students after one student is sexually assaulted.
The sexual assault happened off campus recently, and KTVB says the school wasn't involved with the event where it happened. But Boise State is using it as an opportunity to remind everyone that spends time on campus to speak up if something's not right. There are several things you can do to be proactive, and if you never need them...great! If you do need them, they will come in really handy.
The mobile safety app called Rave Guardian is meant for anyone with a Boise State email address, and that lets you hit a button and send a panic alarm if you get into an uncomfortable situation. And you can designate people to know when you're all by yourself or in a spot that's unfamiliar, and you can set a safety timer to notify them.
Boise State also has the Blue Emergency phones all over campus, and all you have to do is pick up the handset and talk to the emergency dispatcher on the other end.
No one ever thinks a sexual assault will happen to them but stories like this are not stopping. "Time's up," is a movement that has come in the response to all of the reports of sexual assault in Hollywood over the past few months, and one of the effects is that the door has been blown wide open for more conversation. With Boise State's new warning about the risks, it sounds like the door is open for more conversation in the Treasure Valley too.
So look out for your friends, and "if you see something, say something." Stay safe.